Overwhelmed by Love

The love of God is so overwhelming.

It is the kind of love that transforms sinners into saints and calls back the prodigals home.

Nothing we’ll ever do will make Him love us less. It’s as perfect as perfect can be.

It does not love during the good times only but remains steadfast even when we’re at our lowest point, inspite the failures, wrong choices and what-have-yous.

Jesus continues to love.

He’ll whisper it to you while you’re walking, show it to you as you share His Word with someone in need of healing, He’ll write it in BIG letters up in the sky for all the world to see.

But the greatest demonstration of Christ’s love was on two pieces of wood, shaped as a Cross.

He didn’t only say it, write it, sing over us, shower us with gifts as lovers are wont to do, He did all those and beyond that…

Jesus gave His life. Willingly. With joy.

That, my friends, is what real love is.

Today, as His love overwhelms me that it just almost makes my heart burst, I feel myself loving Him more and more.

We love because He first loved us. 🙂



the art of planking

Yen sends an SMS to Jim (the youngest brother) in the middle of her Child and Adolescent Development {CAD} class yesterday.  Jim’s a 2nd year BS Agriculture student in the University of the Philippines Los Banos in Laguna.


Yen:  So, dong (lad), did you also do the planking yesterday? 🙂 – {of course, with a smile – I kinda knew what his reply would be)

Jim:  haha ‘saon.  Nako class yesterday. (haha Duh or what the heck [can’t find the literal translation to ‘saon].  I had a class yesterday)

Hmm…Interesting.  I had to check dictionary.com for the definition of planking since I know that it has a different meaning for this generation.  As expected, I didn’t find the modern definition in the site.  I only found its meaning in the urbandictionary.com site.

Just as fashion comes and goes and changes through time and historical context, the method of protests have changed too in keeping with the developments and changes in social media and the way we relate with each other.  My instructor in CAD yesterday said it was amazing how a single SMS could mobilize students from different UP campuses all over the country – from Luzon down to Mindanao.

As a history instructor, I am constantly amazed at how young people can mobilize different kinds of protests and complaints in so many creative ways.  If only they could channel that much energy to “stand up” or “plank down” for child trafficking, child pornography, social injustice and corruption in the government.  Think about that.

This is a favorite line of mine in my history class lectures.  Rizal and Bonifacio didn’t have Facebook pages but they changed a nation’s history.  They did not have Sun Unlimited Call and Text loads but they mobilized the Filipinos to stand up against the colonial masters.  Just imagine what a generation armed with Facebook, Twitter, Sun, Smart and Globe and countless blogs can do to stand up and fight against the giants our nation is up against.

But I think this will only happen if hearts and minds will be awakened by God to rise up and fight against the specters we’re fighting today.  There must be a Jesus revolution in our hearts and minds first.

*Also posted in my Philippine History wordpress site and STC History Facebook page

PLANKING from the urbandictionary.com

The art of planking is to lay horizontally across any object or the ground with their arms by their sides, aiming to occur in daring situations or a brotherly display of core-strength..

Turn it All Around by Misty Edwards

His love never fails even when we fail. 🙂

Turn It All Around           {Key: D}
Words and music by Misty Edwards

D/F# G D/F# G
Just don’t give up, don’t give in
A Bm A G
If you don’t quit, you’ll win, you’ll win
D/F# G Bm A
Everything is in My hands
D/F# – G Bm – A
It’s gonna be alright, you’re gonna be okay
D/F# G D/F# G
Just don’t give up, don’t give in
A Bm A G
If you don’t quit, you’ll win, you’ll win
He’s gonna turn it all around
Just wait and see
He’s gonna make everything beautiful
Just in time (2x)

Album: onething LIVE: Before His Eyes
© 2011 Misty Edwards (Administered by Music Services o/b/o Forerunner Worship (ASCAP) a division of the International House
of Prayer, Kansas City) c/o 3535 E. Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, MO 64137
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Contact: copyright@forerunnermusic.com / http://www.forerunnermusic.com

9.11.11 {faith}

MUCH-NEEDED BITS & PIECES from Nap’s preaching tonight

1.  The weapon that was forged by the enemy for your destruction will be your weapon of choice to fight ’til you have the victory.  David started using Goliath’s sword to fight his battles at a time when he was running from Saul.  From then on, he used that sword whenever he would fight.

2.  This is the beginning of a new season where we will stop mourning over what we have lost and start expecting for what God has in store for us.

from Rich Howell's pinterest

3.  If you know of people who are fighting a battle or are wearing heavy, long faces, it only means that they’re up for a promotion.  Breakthrough only comes after a fight.

4.  2 Words for today:  LEVEL UP!

5.  ALONE:  Daniel in the lions’ den, Joseph in prison, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane…They were alone with God during the very moment when they were on their way to victory.  (1 Samuel 21)


*Nap talked about declaring God’s word and promises over our lives even if our emotions may not feel like it.  I was teary-eyed listening to him.  Earlier that afternoon, I had felt like a hypocrite as my feelings were not exactly aligned to the word of God.  After the worship, he released words of encouragement and one went like this “it’s not being hypocritical if you speak God’s word over your life even if you may not feel like it because you’re standing on something – His Word.”  You declare it until you see it come to pass; until it becomes real in your life.

Good thing God gave me a few passages from His word before the service that breathed hope into my weary soul. The verses He gave were the only reasons I could dance, sing and shout out my praise and worship to Him.  I was worshiping by faith because everything inside of me was screaming otherwise.

I may not feel and look like I’m there but “It is finished” and “He already has the victory.”  I will trust Him on that.  I will hope against hope that He is faithful to complete and finish what He has started in me.

image via here

P.S.  Just found out that in my NASB version, Ecclesiastes 3:11 reads “He has made everything appropriate in its time.”  a WOW-Now word.

He turned my life around!

That one glass of Coca Cola last night at KFC got me.  It was already past 12 midnight this morning when I suddenly remembered Rica Joy and Nap’s prophetic words during the 2010 prophetic service. I had just resigned from the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute (UP MSI), without a job, broken and broke and with a BIG question for God:  “Lord, what do YOU really want me to do?”  Then, I was already ready to ask Him that and to obey.  I had ran away from teaching for tooooo loooong. No different from Jonah, I guess.

And so I leafed through the pages of last year’s journal and I found the words that God gave through Rica Joy.  In it were His promises that I would come to know and see what His plans were for me.  It wasn’t only for 2010 but it would continue up to 2011 and 2012.  Nap also spoke to me that 2010 was either the year I stepped into my destiny or I’d miss it and there would be another delay.  Hopeless was one word that described me that time.  I had called several schools from USC, CNU, STC, CIE, CIC and even CDU.  No available teaching positions.  No open doors but then I didn’t want just any job either.  I now wanted what God wanted for me this time even if it meant a teaching job.  Try as I might to deny it I knew He had called me to teach.

In the Bible, Lot’s wife got into a whole lot of trouble when she looked back.  She froze in time.  But today, I look back because my heart is grateful at how God has brought me to where He wanted me to be.  His way, His time and His plan.  I didn’t even have a hand in it except to jump in and obey.

When I said “yes” to His plan, doors suddenly opened.  Discovery Camp to teach young kids and just this year, at St. Theresa’s College to teach young people.  As I am wont to say in my posts, teaching is a privilege and a blessing.  I now see that.

with my friend, Ann, helping me out as a chaperone for my class' photowalk activity (my smile looks as if I just received 1M pesos for shopping!)

 On the pages of last year’s journal, I had written some of the organizations that I had dreamed of working in.  These were the orgs (in no particular order) that I wanted to work in:  ADB, UNDP, UN, the World Bank, Ayala Foundation and Museum, NEDA, Congress (as a researcher), Cebu City Mayor’s Management Team and even the Malacanang Presidential Management Staff.  I wanted to do it my way but every door was closed.  When I finally surrendered and let go of all these dreams of serving in the government and public sector through NGOs and civil society orgs, doors opened.  Kingdom Irony 101:  When you lose your life for Him, you’ll find it.  🙂 haha!

 {what’s left of the group after my Philippine History class’ photo walk activity along Colon St. this afternoon 🙂 }

When we obey there’s joy, peace and a feeling that everything just falls into place.  Yes, the dream of serving in the government and the public sector is still there but it’s in His hands.  He can give and He can take it away.  All I know is that I am blessed to have known my students last year and this year in Discovery Camp, my students this semester at ST. Theresa’s College and the teachers I work with.  I don’t know what lies ahead next semester or next year but my future is secure in His hands now.

{i will miss these young people after this semester. so glad to have been a part of their lives}

divine appointments 🙂

{my Soul Surfer day!}

I don’t know why bad things happen to us sometimes but I have to believe something GOOD is going to come out of this. – Sarah Hill in Soul Surfer in response to Bethany Hamilton’s question on why terrible things happen to us in life. 🙂

{A teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack.}

The line above got me.  Most of the times we subscribe to the adage (consciously or unconsciously) that says” Once bitten, twice shy” and we sometimes let the pain, failures and mistakes in the past define our present and future.  But I dare say that in Christ, all things are made new!

Last weekend, I was a stay-at-home gal as I was down with the flu and a bad case of colds and I decided to watch Soul Surfer.  Good thing I did.  God spoke to me about faith, love and fighting for your destiny.  Walking with God does not assure us a cushioned life but He has promised that He will make ALL things work together for our good. 🙂

So, I’ll go back to the “water” and “surf again”.  🙂 Right, God?! 🙂

But for me, knowing that God loves me and that He has a plan for my life, that no shark can take away and no contest result can shake, is like having solid rock underneath me. Bad things are bound to happen to everyone. That’s life. Here’s my advice: don’t put all your hope and faith into something that could suddenly and easily disappear. And honestly, that’s almost anything. The only thing that will never go away, that will never fail you, is God and your faith in him. – Bethany Hamilton in here

What a loving promise!

eureka: the essentials

“When you see eternity and Who really matters, the present circumstances don’t matter that much anymore. :)”

    {my take home lesson after our cell group meeting tonight}

*suddenly everything I deemed important didn’t seem that important anymore after  

watching a film about eternity and humanity’s two choices*

I’m coming back to the heart  of worship ‘coz it’s all about You.  It’s all about You, Jesus. 

– ♥ Heart of Worship by Matt Redman

Have a happy weekend lovelies!  I can’t wait to start working on my lecture outline.